by President Nelson Mandela on Mahatma Gandhi
at the conferral of the freedom of Pietermaritzburg
Today we are righting a century-old wrong.
This station, once one of the world's most
notorious symbols of discrimination, intolerance
and oppression, today proclaims a message
of dignity restored.
His Humble Compassion to Inspire
A friend of mine told me that
if I wanted to see India, the only way for
me to do so must involve Gandhi in some way.
Well, my journey to India in January was full
of stories of the people Gandhi inspired.
Long train rides gave my group lots of time
to share stories we had learned about the
life of Gandhi. More...
Vision of Peace
Excerpts from the ninth
Desmond Tutu Peace Lecture, delivered by
Ela Gandhi in Pietermaritzburg in 1993.
The lecture is organised by the World Conference
on Religion and Peace to promote understanding
and cooperation between people of different
faiths in South Africa.
I feel very proud and very humble to have
the privilege of delivering this Memorial
Lecture just one year after the centenary
of The Great Soul's birthday on 2 October
1869. It is now almost twenty-three years
after that tragic day in January 1948 when
the Mahatma was killed by the bullet of a
fanatic, so soon after one of his noblest
achievements through fasting: reconciling
the two great rival religious groups in India.
Tolstoy Farm:Gandhi`s Experiment in "Coopertive
Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948) attributes
the success of the final phase of the satyagraha
campaign in South Africa between 1908 and
1914 to the "spiritual purification and
penance" afforded by the Tolstoy Farm.